MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin informed French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday that “provocative” US-led workout routines within the Black Sea have been “growing tensions” between Moscow and NATO, the Kremlin mentioned.
Each leaders expressed “dissatisfaction” with what Moscow known as a “worsening” state of affairs in jap Ukraine, the Kremlin assertion mentioned.
Putin “drew consideration to the provocative nature of the big scale workout routines led by america and its allies within the Black Sea that are growing tensions between Russia and NATO,” the Kremlin mentioned.
Putin’s feedback got here after Western nations raised alarm over Russian army actions close to Ukraine.
In line with the Elysee, Macron informed Putin that France was able to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Final week, Putin mentioned that the Kremlin thought-about current Black Sea workout routines by the US and different NATO ships as a severe problem.
He informed state tv that Russia’s defence ministry “had a proposal to carry its personal unplanned workout routines in the identical waters.”
“However I consider that that is inappropriate and there’s no have to additional escalate the state of affairs,” he mentioned.
Putin seemingly referred to a number of US warships collaborating in workout routines within the Black Sea which Moscow has mentioned it was “monitoring.”
In line with the Kremlin assertion, Putin additionally criticised Ukraine for the “current use” of drones in its battle with pro-Russia rebels.
Final month, Kiev launched footage of what it mentioned was its first use of the Turkish-made TB2 Bayraktar drone in opposition to separatists.
Putin mentioned this violates peace agreements signed in Minsk in 2015.
US prime diplomat Antony Blinken warned Moscow final week in opposition to making one other “severe mistake” on Ukraine as Washington sought readability about troop actions close to the border.
The EU has mentioned it was additionally involved by Russian army actions near the border.
The 27-nation bloc mentioned it was monitoring the state of affairs with companions, together with the US and Britain.
The accusations come amid rising tensions between the EU and Moscow over a migrant stand-off on the border between Poland and Kremlin-allied Belarus.
In 2014, Moscow annexed Kiev’s Crimea peninsula and since then Ukraine has fought a battle with pro-Russia rebels within the east of the nation. The battle has claimed greater than 13,000 lives.